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OC names Janz as new Athletic Director

Thursday, January 15, 2009   (0 Comments)
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 OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 12, 2009) – Oklahoma Christian University has named Curtis Janz its new athletic director. Janz is an OC alumnus who is in his 20th season as an assistant basketball coach at the school.

“We have great confidence in Curtis, as he has proven his strengths during his many years at Oklahoma Christian. Curtis has a great understanding of our mission and the role athletics plays in it,” Oklahoma Christian president Dr. Mike O'Neal said. “We also believe Curtis is a man of great vision who will push our athletic department to great results and we know he has the skills the lead the department.”

Janz, who is associate head coach for the men's basketball team and chair of OC's physical education department, will remain on the coaching staff through the end of this season, then begin focusing solely on his athletic director role.

Janz takes the reins from Chuck White, who had served as interim athletic director. White remains as OC's director of athletic operations and as head baseball coach.

“I feel honored to have this new role at a university that has such a great tradition. Oklahoma Christian is a great place, with great people, students, staff, faculty and administration. Athletics should be a great part of the university. It should build pride, excitement and memories for every student. This will be my goal and our department's goal. I hope that we will gain the support of all in the OC community,” Janz said.

Janz played on head coach Dan Hays' first team at Oklahoma Christian in 1983-84 and stayed on as an assistant following his graduation in 1986. He and Hays share a strong coaching philosophy and relationship that has developed the Eagles' basketball program into one of the finest in the NAIA. They have teamed to produce four Sooner Athletic Conference championships and six NAIA National Tournament appearances.

“Curtis is one of the most loyal, professional and hard-working individuals I've ever been associated with,” Hays said. “I can't think of a better person for the job, and I know OC will benefit from his work. He will be missed greatly in our basketball program, but I know he won't be far away. We'll still be talking lots of basketball and I'll continue to seek his input, just as I have for the past 20 years.”

Janz earned a master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1988. He is an active member of the NAIA Coaches Association, the National Basketball Coaches Association and the Oklahoma Coaches Association.

A native of Wichita, Kan., the 45-year-old Janz has served as an associate professor and chairman of OC's physical education department. He also is the co-director of the highly-successful OC Cage Camps, conducted each summer for approximately 3,000 young people.

“I have great enthusiasm for Oklahoma Christian athletics. We are going to pride ourselves on having very competitive teams, student-athletes that strive for academic excellence, and representing the university in a way that makes all of us proud. I believe that we are going to have an exciting athletic program that will be easy to support,” Janz said.

Janz is married to the former Kathryn Jones of Elk City, Okla. She serves as an adjunct instructor in OC's Department of English. They are the parents of a daughter, Delaney.

-OC- names Janz as new athletic director

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 12, 2009) – Oklahoma Christian University has named Curtis Janz its new athletic director. Janz is an OC alumnus who is in his 20th season as an assistant basketball coach at the school.

“We have great confidence in Curtis, as he has proven his strengths during his many years at Oklahoma Christian. Curtis has a great understanding of our mission and the role athletics plays in it,” Oklahoma Christian president Dr. Mike O'Neal said. “We also believe Curtis is a man of great vision who will push our athletic department to great results and we know he has the skills the lead the department.”

Janz, who is associate head coach for the men's basketball team and chair of OC's physical education department, will remain on the coaching staff through the end of this season, then begin focusing solely on his athletic director role.

Janz takes the reins from Chuck White, who had served as interim athletic director. White remains as OC's director of athletic operations and as head baseball coach.

“I feel honored to have this new role at a university that has such a great tradition. Oklahoma Christian is a great place, with great people, students, staff, faculty and administration. Athletics should be a great part of the university. It should build pride, excitement and memories for every student. This will be my goal and our department's goal. I hope that we will gain the support of all in the OC community,” Janz said.

Janz played on head coach Dan Hays' first team at Oklahoma Christian in 1983-84 and stayed on as an assistant following his graduation in 1986. He and Hays share a strong coaching philosophy and relationship that has developed the Eagles' basketball program into one of the finest in the NAIA. They have teamed to produce four Sooner Athletic Conference championships and six NAIA National Tournament appearances.

“Curtis is one of the most loyal, professional and hard-working individuals I've ever been associated with,” Hays said. “I can't think of a better person for the job, and I know OC will benefit from his work. He will be missed greatly in our basketball program, but I know he won't be far away. We'll still be talking lots of basketball and I'll continue to seek his input, just as I have for the past 20 years.”

Janz earned a master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1988. He is an active member of the NAIA Coaches Association, the National Basketball Coaches Association and the Oklahoma Coaches Association.

A native of Wichita, Kan., the 45-year-old Janz has served as an associate professor and chairman of OC's physical education department. He also is the co-director of the highly-successful OC Cage Camps, conducted each summer for approximately 3,000 young people.

“I have great enthusiasm for Oklahoma Christian athletics. We are going to pride ourselves on having very competitive teams, student-athletes that strive for academic excellence, and representing the university in a way that makes all of us proud. I believe that we are going to have an exciting athletic program that will be easy to support,” Janz said.

Janz is married to the former Kathryn Jones of Elk City, Okla. She serves as an adjunct instructor in OC's Department of English. They are the parents of a daughter, Delaney.

-OC-

names Janz as new athletic director

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 12, 2009) – Oklahoma Christian University has named Curtis Janz its new athletic director. Janz is an OC alumnus who is in his 20th season as an assistant basketball coach at the school.

“We have great confidence in Curtis, as he has proven his strengths during his many years at Oklahoma Christian. Curtis has a great understanding of our mission and the role athletics plays in it,” Oklahoma Christian president Dr. Mike O'Neal said. “We also believe Curtis is a man of great vision who will push our athletic department to great results and we know he has the skills the lead the department.”

Janz, who is associate head coach for the men's basketball team and chair of OC's physical education department, will remain on the coaching staff through the end of this season, then begin focusing solely on his athletic director role.

Janz takes the reins from Chuck White, who had served as interim athletic director. White remains as OC's director of athletic operations and as head baseball coach.

“I feel honored to have this new role at a university that has such a great tradition. Oklahoma Christian is a great place, with great people, students, staff, faculty and administration. Athletics should be a great part of the university. It should build pride, excitement and memories for every student. This will be my goal and our department's goal. I hope that we will gain the support of all in the OC community,” Janz said.

Janz played on head coach Dan Hays' first team at Oklahoma Christian in 1983-84 and stayed on as an assistant following his graduation in 1986. He and Hays share a strong coaching philosophy and relationship that has developed the Eagles' basketball program into one of the finest in the NAIA. They have teamed to produce four Sooner Athletic Conference championships and six NAIA National Tournament appearances.

“Curtis is one of the most loyal, professional and hard-working individuals I've ever been associated with,” Hays said. “I can't think of a better person for the job, and I know OC will benefit from his work. He will be missed greatly in our basketball program, but I know he won't be far away. We'll still be talking lots of basketball and I'll continue to seek his input, just as I have for the past 20 years.”

Janz earned a master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1988. He is an active member of the NAIA Coaches Association, the National Basketball Coaches Association and the Oklahoma Coaches Association.

A native of Wichita, Kan., the 45-year-old Janz has served as an associate professor and chairman of OC's physical education department. He also is the co-director of the highly-successful OC Cage Camps, conducted each summer for approximately 3,000 young people.

“I have great enthusiasm for Oklahoma Christian athletics. We are going to pride ourselves on having very competitive teams, student-athletes that strive for academic excellence, and representing the university in a way that makes all of us proud. I believe that we are going to have an exciting athletic program that will be easy to support,” Janz said.

Janz is married to the former Kathryn Jones of Elk City, Okla. She serves as an adjunct instructor in OC's Department of English. They are the parents of a daughter, Delaney.

-OC-


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